The purpose of the USAID Learning Activity (ULA) is to further strengthen USAID/Uganda performance and improve the performance of its implementing partners, with a focus on collaborating, learning, and adapting, in order to enhance the impact and sustainability of USAID-supported contributions to Uganda’s development. The ULA will achieve this through three objectives:
● Collaboration: Strengthened collaboration, both internally and with external stakeholders, enables USAID to better leverage expertise, learning, and resources; and deepens local ownership.
● Learning: Systematic learning, through applied research, monitoring, and evaluation, informs and improves the relevance, quality, and cost-effectiveness of programs and operations
● Performing: Adaptive management of program implementation and meta-level interventions to improve the quality of USAID program outcomes.
Responsibilities and Tasks
The Director of Collaboration and Outreach will have primary responsibility for delivering the “collaboration” result of the Uganda Learning Activity and will be a self-starter who collaborates closely with the Director of Learning and the Director of Performance Improvement to develop a ULA vision of collaboration for USAID/Uganda and its Activities.
Core activities will include:
● Liaising centrally with the USAID/Uganda Activity Manager for Collaboration to develop a consensus on mission priorities (current and future) for realistic collaboration.
● Plan regularly and jointly with fellow program Directors to identify aspects of collaboration (internal and external) that are critical to the success of the Learning pillar and Performance Improvement pillar activities, and then develop logical work plans that promote collaboration to achieve those agreed ends.
● Oversee ULA’s events planning, facilitation, note-taking, and related services.
● Work with the Director of Performance Improvement to strengthen the collaboration and networking skills of USAID/Uganda staff; this includes internal collaboration to enable cross sector integration, problem convergence, enhanced development results, and resilient, effective teams; and external collaboration to maximize limited U.S. Government resources, build trust and engage stakeholders.
● Support USAID/Uganda’s thought-leadership efforts by strengthening USAID/Uganda relationships with Ugandan government counterparts and wider thought leaders, civil society and development partners.
● Contribute to annual CLA assessments of both Mission personnel and offices and IPs, to identify current self-ratings of collaboration endeavors and aspirational state, and to develop road maps for progression from current to aspired state as well as deliberative learning events to ‘pause and reflect’ on aspects of practice related to collaboration.
● Support USAID’s efforts to coordinate and collaborate with other development partner groups and platforms to improve programmatic performance and leverage USAID investments. ● Lead specific research studies related to aspects of collaboration as a means to deliver effective and efficient development to Ugandan communities, and develop accessible products (discussion papers, briefers, assessment reports, etc.) that promote the learning derived from the studies.
● Oversee internal data collection, management, and analysis related to relevant ULA AMELP indicators contributing towards results under the Collaboration pillar.
● Provide first-line quality assurance of all collaboration pillar products, in line with USAID style guidelines and ULA QA approaches.
● Provision of or facilitation of training support to USAID/Uganda and IPs on the establishment of regional and national fora that do not depend on ongoing facilitation support.
● Develop six-monthly work plans as part of ULA’s Senior Management Team for submission to USAID/Uganda, and be an active participant of the SMT.
● Provide supervisory support to ULA staff falling under the Collaboration pillar including annual performance appraisals and more frequent performance monitoring and provide management and technical support to any short-term technical assistance personnel engaged in collaboration tasks, including oversight of the technical quality of all STTA deliverables.
● Design and develop ULA’s internship program through collaborating with relevant learning institutions or allied agencies versed in monitoring, evaluation and learning, and CLA programming, and thereafter maintain collaborative relationships to ensure the sustainability of the internship program
● Upon commencement of grant provision: Ensure that USAID/Uganda-supported STIP grants are achieving results and adhering to best practices in transparency, accountability, and grants management and are, as much as possible, co-financed by the private sector, another donor,s and other partners.
● Strengthen USAID/Uganda’s ability to innovate and promote innovation.
● Identify and engage with relevant external collaboration partners that would further ULA’s goals.
● Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study, and at least five years’ experience in international development
● Master’s Degree in a related field preferred
● Eight years of direct experience managing communications, partnership-building, and/or grants management,
● Three years experience managing project staff
● Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, setting up and managing cutting-edge communication tools, such as social media platforms, interactive websites, etc.
● Preferably, demonstrated skills and experience in building partnerships with the private sector and other donors.
● Preferably, at least three years of experience living and working in developing country environments.
● Previous experience on USAID-funded contracts.
● Fluency in written and spoken English
A Ugandan national is preferred for this CCN post
Place of Performance
The Director of Collaboration and Outreach will work in Kampala, Uganda with potential occasional travel to other parts of Uganda as need.
Period of Performance
The Director of Collaboration and Outreach Will serve through the end of the contract unless terminated in accordance with QED policy and Ugandan law.
The Director of Collaboration and Outreach reports to the Chief of Party.
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